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Palace visit for young archaeologists

22 September 2006

Young archaeologists are getting a chance to discover how Historic Scotland has been unlocking the secrets of the past at Stirling Castle’s Royal Palace.

As part of Scottish Archaeology Month they are being invited on a special visit to look at how the work of professional archaeologists has contributed to our understanding of life at Stirling Castle in the Renaissance.

Around twenty members of the Stirling Area Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC), aged eight to fourteen, will see artefacts discovered at the Castle and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of restoration work in the Royal Palace.

Kirsten Wood, Historic Scotland Education Officer, said:

"It's a fantastic opportunity to see how important archaeology is in helping us appreciate and understand our heritage. Archaeology played a vital role in the initial stages of our project to conserve and refurnish the Royal Palace to reflect what it would have been like in the reign of James V.7

The YAC will also get to see how that project is progressing and have a close-up look at how highly skilled weavers are recreating a fabulous set of tapestries that once hung on the walls of the royal apartments."

The YAC group will make photographic records of some of the artefacts. During and after the event they will gather information on various artefacts to create information cards which will be used by future young visitors.

Notes for editors
  • The event will be jointly led by Kirsten Wood and YAC Stirling Area leader Colin Davenport.
  • Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town off the M9. Telephone 01786 450000. Admission is £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £3.50 for children. Entry to Argyll’s Lodging is also included.
  • The Stirling Castle Project aims to enhance the Castle as a visitor attraction, while continuing to conserve it as a monument of international importance.
  • The principal objectives of the project:

    • To preserve the historic fabric of the Palace
      • To present and interpret Stirling Palace in accordance with its cultural significance
      • To display and interpret the Stirling Heads.
      • To present the Royal Lodgings based on historical research and archaeological evidence using materials and craftsmanship of appropriately high quality.
      • The project involves the repair, refurbishment, restoration and presentation of all the buildings in the Castle.

  • Next phase of the project: The main parts of the fourth phase of the project includes:

    • - Conservation and maintenance of the Historic Fabric of the Palace.
      • - Presentation and interpretation of the Royal Lodgings as they would have appeared in 1542.
      • - The presentation includes the tapestry project and reproduction of the Stirling Heads.
      • - Creation of a Renaissance Gallery on the upper floors of the Palace to house the original Stirling Heads.
      • - A new exhibition on Scotland’s Early Kings.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959